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The Musician's Guide to Record Labels & Record Deals

——   Created by Jason Allen

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Welcome to the "Musician's Guide" Series!

This series is pulled directly from the courses I've created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician - amateur or professional - who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.

This class is all about Record Labels and Record Deals. 

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor. 

It is ideal for anyone who is interested in seeking out a record deal or is already considering one. 

  • Musicians: If you are making music, and considering a record deal, please watch this class!
  • Producers: Before you sign on the dotted line, watch this class to be sure you understand everything you are signing up for.
  • Bands: Maybe you are considering avoiding record labels, and starting your own independent label. This class is for you, too!
  • Curious Minds: Anyone interested in how record labels work is invited to be a part of this class.

We will start with traditional record label deals, and progress forward to talking about more modern deals. We will talk a lot about the "need" for a record deal in the modern age, and how you can get by without one at all. I'll walk you through every issue in the contract so you fully understand what is being asked.

The goal of this class is for you to understand what is in-between the lines of the contract.


This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.


The recording studio has no genre - so all are welcome here.

Topics Covered: 

  • Working with Producers
  • Owning the "Master"
  • Distribution
  • Loan-Out Companies
  • Roles of a Record Company
  • Work For Hire
  • Scope of the Record Deal
  • Term of the Record Deal
  • Additional Song Options
  • Other Options
  • Release Commitment
  • Advances
  • Recoupment
  • Payback
  • Royalties
  • Royalty Rate
  • Royalty Basis
  • Royalty Deductions
  • Merchandise
  • Videos
  • 360 Deals
  • Producer Contracts
  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making money from your music, and making sure you are protected, this class will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated instructor - with nearly 100 courses and over 200,000 students. 

In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

The course project

Calculate your recoup amount!

  1. Imagine you receive $x as an advance. 
  2. Imagine you sell Y copies of your album. 
  3. (Stick to physical sales for now - just to make the math easier)
  4. Calculate what Y needs to be for $X!
  5. Don't forget to factor in all the deductions we talk about in this course!

57 Lessons

3 mins
free preview
2 mins
What We Are Covering Here
free preview
2 mins
Tools You Will Need For This Class
free preview
2 mins
Disclaimer: I Am Not A Lawyer
4 mins
4 mins
The "Master"
3 mins
Record Company
3 mins
5 mins
Loan-Out Company
5 mins
The 5 Roles of a Traditional Record Company
5 mins
What We Can Do Ourselves
2 mins
Do Artists Still Need a Record Label?
6 mins
Work for Hire
5 mins
5 mins
Scope of the Contract
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About the instructor

Jason  Allen
Jason Allen
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J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is …

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